Texas coal mine operator seeks new water permit

Dos Republicas Coal Partnership, which operates the new Eagle Pass Mine, a subbituminous coal mine, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a major amendment with renewal for a water permit.

The commission said in a Dec. 8 notice of its intent to approve this application that it covers the addition of active mining acreage; adds outfalls to discharge storm water and mine seepage from active mining areas; adds outfalls to discharge storm water from post-mining areas; removes outfalls; allows for water in all ponds to be used for dust suppression; adds an outfall to discharge storm water runoff from fueling areas, fuel storage areas, vehicle and equipment maintenance areas, truck washing stations, and coal handling and storage areas; and adds an outfall to discharge mine pit water from active mining areas and stormwater from inside the rail loop.

The facility is located on the northeast side of State Highway 1588, three miles northeast of the intersection of State Highway 1588 and U.S. Highway 277, and approximately five miles northeast of the City of Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas, right next to the border with Mexico.

The Dos Republicas website says the project contemplates the extraction of 2.7 million tons of coal annuallly, with reserves to extract coal for approximately 7 to 8 years. The coal will not be crushed or washed in the U.S., and it will be sent directly to MINOSA’s operations in Mexico by train.

The mine operator is the Camino Real Fuels LLC subsiidiary of North American Coal. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that the mine got a production start in the second quarter of this year and produced 1,478 tons in that quarter, with no production shown in the third quarter.

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